Dear Church family,
“May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
When Jesus saw a lame man by the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem he said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:8. And the man did! As soon as Jesus told him to stand it became possible for him to do it. This pattern was repeated in many other miracles of healing as Jesus touched those he encountered.
The same was true in other settings too, such as when Jesus told Peter to walk to him on the water or when he told his disciples to feed a crowd of thousands from a boy’s sack lunch. Whatever he said to do was immediately possible. This included such commands as, “Let not your hearts be troubled…Trust in me.” John 14:1.
In every situation God gave the person power to obey, yet it was still up to them to take action. This is how it works in such New Testament commands as “Live in peace. Be kind to each other. Be joyful always. Give thanks in all circumstances. And others. 1 Thessalonians 5:13-18. If God says to do something, we can! He supplies the ability and we add our cooperation.
This fall we are focusing on the Fruit of the Spirit in our Sunday worship services and small groups. We are seeing some qualities in God’s nature that can also show up consistently in our lives as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. Let’s grow together as we allow God to accomplish His full purpose in our lives!
Some good things are happening at Crane Chapel this month. I hope you’ll take part in whatever you can.